First Wind says construction has begun on the Palouse Wind project, the company's first wind farm in Washington state.
The 105 MW project, located in northern Whitman County, will include the installation of 58 Vestas V100-1.8 MW wind turbines between State Route 195 and the town of Oakesdale.
Avista Corp. will purchase the energy produced by the Palouse Wind project and will take delivery of the power through a direct interconnect to the Avista 230 kV Benewah-to-Shawnee transmission line. This will be the first wind project built in Avista's service territory.
Construction of the project is expected to be completed by November, and the wind farm will be online and operating by the end of the year.